Happy New Year! But No welcome for Covid-19 Omicron!
⚠️Our office is closed this week due to Covid- 19. I will answer some calls on our cell phones. I hope we will all feel better soon.
Welcome Cami as our office clerk from WEX!
She will direct calls and help with filling out forms.
Our Navigation Cell Phone number is 760-992-1743. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Calls, texts or emails will be received between 9 to 4 Monday through Friday. Call for an appointment when she returns.
Upcoming is the Elm Project in 29 Palms. It is a 4-unit site for low-income (30% AMI) permanent housing with a voucher or willing to do shared housing. Available early Spring of 2022.
See below for new programs for eviction prevention and rapid rehousing
* ERAP program for eviction prevention - available now State only
*Emergency Housing Vouchers Program -closed on 1/7/2022 but a
waiting list is available for a limited time.
* HHAP programs - eviction prevention and rapid -rehousing
*Transitional Housing - see below for availability
*Permanent ARCH housing - see above on Elm Project
We are looking for a 3 bedroom with 2 bathrooms rental. The owner must be willing to accept a master lease for this program. Please contact Astrid Johnson at 760-861-6433 if you can help.
We are also looking for help in purchasing a house. We are looking for individuals that will form a partnership with ARCH in buying a house. Contact us at 760-861-6433
Transitional/Bridge Housing Programs
Basin ARCH has 2 homes in 29 Palms, Ca, one for women and one for men. We do not advertise the addresses of the homes to protect confidentiality. These homes are run as sober livings. Guests may be on probation or parole. Up to 6 people live in a home. There are two twin beds in each room. Both homes are 3 bedrooms with the women's 1 & 2/3 bathrooms and the men's 1 & 1/2 bathrooms. The living space cost is $450 a month. Both homes are swamp cooled, have washers and dryers, 2 refrigerators and all house supplies are provided.
All potential guests are evaluated for suitability to homes the first weeks of stay.
The duplex is furnished. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is only for homeless families with children. No more than 5 people in a unit. Pets are ok.
Business Hours are 9 am to 5 pm for information on housing.
Women's Home status - 2 vacancies at this time. Call 909-755-9193 for information
Men's Homes status -No vacancy at this time.
Call 760-861-6433 for information
Family Home in Joshua Tree - Has No vacancy at this time. Entry is by 211 and CPS
Call 760-861-6433 for information
HHAP- funded assistance programs for housing
Business Hours are 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday by appointment only. Call or text office at 760-992-1743. After hours leave a message. You will need supporting paperwork such as a picture ID, Pay-Or-Quit, Rental Agreement, payment history, proof of income, etc.
U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is for individuals and families facing evictions due to Covid-19. There is one program now. Here is some information on the State Program - Check the website for complete information.
Help available for completing requirements for State Program
An individual or one member of the family must qualify. See website for details.
Income at no more than 80% AMI
1 person $42,000
2 persons $48,000
3 persons $54,250
4 persons $60,250
5 persons $65,100
6 persons $69,900
7 persons $74,750
8 persons $79,550
100% on arrears 12 months
25% on arrears if owner won't agree.
no written lease - ok ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Emergency Housing Vouchers program - Closed 1/7/2022 but Housing Authority is taking applications for the waiting list for a short time.
Housing vouchers available for homeless individuals and families, or those in risk of becoming homeless or fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking. Must have income below 80% AMI of San Bernardino County for most categories. (See above chart). At Risk is below 30% AMI. Documentation will be required such as ID, social security numbers, birth certificates for minors, income statements and proof of need. This is a 10 year program with client paying 30% of his/her income towards rent.
More information on who can qualify and required paperwork is now available at
30% AMI is: 1 Person - $16,590, 2 Persons- $18,960, 3 Persons- $21,300, 4 Persons -$23,700
5 Persons- $25,620, 6 Persons -$27,510, 7 Persons- $29,940, 8 Persons - $31,290
Help for Electric bill, Gas bill, Rental Assistance, and Food Bank
Community Action Partnership
Other Important Information to know for rental assistance with us:
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https://edd.ca.gov/Benefit_Programs_Online.htm for benefits info
Update on Point in Time Count 2022
Due to Covid the January dates for training and the count were cancelled and have been rescheduled for February. They are:
Training date- February 17 10am to 11am Yucca Valley Community Center -Yucca Room
Point in Time Count day - February 24 - 6am to 10am
The East Valley Steering Committee is still conducting online meetings. Our in-person meeting will be held at 10am on Thursday, February 17 at the Yucca Valley Community Center for Point in Time Count Training. I sit on the board representing Morongo Basin ARCH. How do you want us to help the homeless? Let me know with an email. We want to hear ideas on how to lower our homeless population.
Astrid Johnson, President
Little Church of the Desert on Adobe Road in 29 Palms has partnered with with us as a street outreach partner. We appreciate the help they provide to the 29 Palms homeless.
Our Navigation Center is at 6562 Sierra, Joshua Tree, across from Copper Mountain College. It is open for appointments for intakes and completing forms or applications to programs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Reach us at 760-992-1743 -Cami
The Point In Count Time Results in our area for homeless not in shelters:
Twentynine Palms - unsheltered - 28 sheltered/transitional - 17
Joshua Tree - unsheltered - 54 sheltered/transitional 5
Morongo Valley - unsheltered 0 sheltered/transitional 5
Yucca Valley - unsheltered 44 sheltered/transitional 27
Landers - unsheltered 2 sheltered/transitional 0
So 128 were counted on the streets on foot, in a car or in a tent somewhere in our desert.
54 were in either a motel paid by a third party or in a transitional home.
The number of homeless increased in our area. We are striving to house more homeless in our transitional homes and the rapid rehousing programs we offer through Pathways Network.
Thank you so much for the generous, anonymous corporate donation in February that covered our new rental payment. So much appreciated.
And again, thank you to the donors that helped open the Fire Station. They are Haven, Sportsman Club, Wayne Hamilton, the Hoffmans, the Clarks and the Yucca Valley Rotaries.
We also want to thank the Military Spouses' Association in 29 Palms for their donation of $250 which we will use towards utility payments. We appreciate your support!
And thank you to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for your generous donation in June. You helped us pay our utilities!
Sadly our patroness passed in 2019. We appreciated her support of our nonprofit. We have now moved the Men's House to a new location. It is still in 29 Palms. Thank you to the family that stepped up with a rental and helped us move into a great new home. We love it!
I am sad to share that Mrs. Judy Johnson, mother to Shanese Risper has passed away in 2020. She was an important part of our meal program in 29 Palms each Wednesday at 5 pm. We will miss her faithfulness to the local homeless community. She joined her daughter and other team members in prayer and support while they passed out food and water. May she rest in the Peace of the Lord for all eternity.
Tragically lost too soon in June of 2021. Rest in Peace. Your dream is not forgotten.
Thank you to our partner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for their generous donation towards our general funds. This will help pay our rents and utilities in our homes.
Thank you to Military Spouses' of 29 Palms for their generous donation.
Thank you to Pacific Western Bank for its generous donation! Much appreciated!
Thank you to Morongo Basin Healthcare District for accepting our grant application for food purchases for the homeless and those being bridged in motels. Much appreciated!
Thank you to Motel 6 for entering us into the Corporate Plus Program. This will greatly help our bottom line! Much Appreciated!
Thank you to the Town of Yucca Valley for funding us through Measure Y! These funds are much appreciated!
Thank you to the City of Twentynine Palms for the Cares Act funding to help with housing the local homeless to prevent Covid-19 exposure.
Thank you to our two friends who wish to remain anonymous. We appreciate their generous donations.
And thank you again to the Sportsman's Center for the generous donation in February.
Thank you again for the donations received from Cash for Trash in 29 Palms!
Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin who donated $1000 in Stater Brothers gift cards to ARCH and to other pantries and groups in our area to feed the homeless.
Thank you to the anonymous donor from Facebook who gave us $200 in July.
Thank you to the anonymous donor family who gave us $100 in August.
Thank you to the ladies of AGLOW of 29 Palms who donated toiletry items to our street outreach in October
We always appreciate cash donations to support our operating expenses.
We need tall dressers for bedrooms for homes.
We need dog or cat fosters.
We need volunteers who will donate their time and talent.
Can you help?
Self Reliant - https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/self-reliance
Veteran Mental Health Support -MakeTheConnection.net
Our New Project:
Companion Animal Fostering Network
We need homes that will foster a companion animal for a short stay. Please contact us on what breed, size, sex for either a dog or cat you will foster.
Morongo Basin ARCH (Aligning Resources Challenging Homelessness) is a 501C3 non-profit organization, We began in 2008 by meeting the needs of the homeless in the Morongo Basin in California. We have two major programs, food and sheltering, Our current food program is supplying boxed produce to our houses, our consumers in motels and needed families in the area. We also have nonperishable food bags that we give to the homeless.
Our second program is sheltering. We haver 2 sober living homes in 29 Palms. We can house up to 12 people. One home is for women only and the other is for men. We have other programs as well for the homeless. We have bridge housing in a duplex for families with children in Joshua Tree. Contact us for laundry vouchers and clothing for the homeless. We also have a companion animal foster network for temporary care. Lastly we manage funds for eviction prevention and rapid rehousing for the Morongo Basin. We are actively Aligning Resources and Challenging Homelessness!
Monthly board meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at 2 pm at the Lutheran Church at 6336 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. Next meeting January 21,2021
You are welcome to join us!
Twentynine Palms fundraiser - Cash for Trash 2019
Great turn out for our block clean up. See our picture. - >
From the funds and donations we put together over 35 bags of goodies for the homeless. Some bags go to the 29 Palms Senior Center, some bags to the Y.V. Santa Fe Club, Other bags are passed out during next couple of weeks to homeless people on the streets by our drive around crew.
One of our goals was to do a food bag giveaway once a quarter. This is one we did in Dec 2016. We did one in March, June and Sept of 2016.
We gave out 20 to 25 bags each quarter to the homeless or people in need. Your donations help us do this each quarter. Thank You for your donations and time.
35 bags for our Christmas bag give away in 2018. Thank you Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in 29 Palms for your generous donation of canned goods for our bags
Thank you to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Say Saints in Twentynine Palms for their generous donation of canned goods for our Christmas Bags and Grant Funds.
Thank you Pastor Bea Chambers for all your support! This is our home base!
Thank you to all who have donated furniture to our homes and supported our fundraisers, Thank you!
Thank you Del Taco in Twentynine Palms for hosting our three fundraisers for our homes!
Thank you Twentynine Palms for supporting our Drive Around Meal Program this year! We have been feeding on average 15 homeless a week. Thank you for Cash for Trash!
Thank you to Z 107.7 FM for promoting our Del Taco Fundraiser on November 29, 2018
Thank you for the grant of day bus passes for the guests at the ARCH homes. They are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for supporting our laundry voucher program. We appreciate your partnership!
Thank you for partnering with us in providing a new set of clothes to a homeless person.
Crisis Walk-In Center - 760-365-2233 7293 Dumosa Ave Yucca Valley, Ca 92284
TAY Center is for 16 to 25 year old homeless individuals in the Morongo Basin area. Call (760) 853-4888
Showering is available at 28 Palms Fitness Center on 73782 Two Mile Road, 29 Palms, down behind Circle K on Adobe Road. Saturday after 3:00 pm cost $5.00
Quarterly voucher available through Blessed Sacrament Thrift Shop at 5798 Adobe Road in 29 Palms.
Vouchers available for Joshua Tree Laundromat at 29 Palms Senior Center - See Robin. Vouchers are Numbered and for only $7.50 of laundry.